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Cheap family days out in Kent and the South East

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The best beaches, farms, parks and forests that you can visit for next to nothing, whether you’re hunting for shells, sheep, ducklings or Gruffalos.

The discovery walk at Priory Farm Nutfield, Surrey

“Loads to see and do, and I've never known it to be overcrowded. Safe for children to run, hide, climb – and not at all expensive. The food in the cafe is locally sourced and very reasonably priced.” optimist1

The Lightbox, Woking Surrey

“The Lightbox in Woking is definitely worth a mention, with free entry to three stunning galleries and regularly changing exhibitions for all ages.” LocalEditorSurrey

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

“Has lots going on in the summer, including jousting tournaments. They have a summer programme with things happening most days. If you buy Palace and Garden tickets you can convert them into Annual Passes for free.” runningcircles

Millets Farm, Oxfordshire

“Free-entry petting zoo and playground attached to a massive garden centre/farm shop and cafe. Perfect for toddlers.”twelveleggedwalk

Windsor, Berkshire

“The guards marching to The Changing of the Guard can be watched every day at 11am (with the return at 11.15) and then there are two parks with splash areas as well as a river to walk by. Beware of where you park though, as some of the car parks can be hideously expensive.” Laundryangel

Windsor Castle changing of the guard

Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Kent

“This sandy beach is quite flat and stretches for more than three miles. The beach is very close to the facilities at Dymchurch village, including cafés, restaurant, pubs and amusements. No visit to Dymchurch would be complete without a trip on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch railway, which covers just 13.5 miles from Hythe to Dungeness, making it the world’s smallest public railway.” MNGreenwich

New Forest Bus Tour, Hampshire

“The bus tours are running every day in the summer. If you buy tickets from the Hythe ferry terminal in Southampton you get free ferry travel to Hythe, then can hop on and off the buses.” irritablebitchsyndrome

Odds Farm Park, Buckinghamshire

“Odds Farm Park is a really enjoyable day out. Very young children can stroke rabbits and guinea pigs while older children will enjoy being gently butted by the rather enthusiastic goats. The farm is very well laid out with play and picnic areas as well as the animals. Under-twos go free, which helps.” MiniMarmite

Sandown Pier, Isle of Wight

“Took drenched boys there last summer in a rainstorm and it's got lots of cheap rides and machines, huge soft play and great crazy golf – all inside.” notcitrus

West Wittering beach, West Sussex

“'Went here recently, it’s £4 for the car park, but it’s great – huge grassy area to park, play football, fly kites etc, then over onto the beach, which is big pebbles, then sand. My two found some little crabs that had been washed up in the tide.” Ems

“West Wittering again! As well as the beach, you can walk round the sand dunes of East Head, up into Chichester Harbour (which is a drowned valley, not what you would usually call a harbour).” Copper

West Wittering

Wilderness Wood, East Sussex

“The wood's always a great place for a walk, or a rampage on the adventure playground” LocalEdEastSussex